My Beloved Readers,
I hope that everyone is doing well, cheers to meet you all with an expert’s tips category post. Few days back, I had a nice chat with Martin Shervington to get some helpful Google Plus information for you and this time I grabbed a number of useful replies from a great internet marketer, WordPress blogger and Web Developer, Kevin Muldoon from kevinmuldoon.com.
Before checking his incredible insightful reactions for my questions, I would like to tell about him and his active blog in a brief manner.
About Kevin Muldoon
Kevin Muldoon is a travel lover, a Scottish webmaster who has been working online for more than 13 years and now lives in South Africa. I would say that he is a great internet marketer as he has involved in almost all IM aspects like Affiliate Marketing, SEO, Social Media and Content Marketing. He didn’t miss his journey on YouTube and podcasting too.
He learned programming skills during his education and registered his first domain in the year 2000. In his initial online career, he created the websites using Notepad (HTML) but his post graduation course in software development had helped him to deal with PHP codes.
He gained immense knowledge in PHP & Perl based scripts and thus he built several websites between the years 2001 – 2006. In 2007, Kevin have started to blog with WordPress CMS and released several free WordPress themes. In addition, he published thousands of WordPress tutorials and ran a premium WordPress theme store for his users.
I feel happy about Kevin as he is making a comfortable life from working online and helping others to make money. Not only these, Kevin is also offering his support on WordPress related issues through his community “Rise Forums” (An Internet Marketing forum for bloggers, developers, AMS and online entrepreneurs which is 100% free to join).
Kevinmuldoon.com is the personal blog of Kevin where he writes about Internet marketing, blogging, social media, WordPress website development and productivity tips. You may check his income reports, recommended resources, case studies and books under “Resources” category of his blog.
Besides, he offers several services like WordPress consulting, Blog Coaching, Paid Forum Posting and Article Writing at an affordable price. You can read much blogging related product & service reviews in this blog and if you subscribe to his “Newsletter” you’ll get a free copy of one of his books, “The Traits & Habits of Successful Bloggers”.
Popular Launches Of Kevin Muldoon
I’m sure that you’re gonna surprise with the list of popular websites created by Kevin Muldoon.
1. He launched “BloggingTips” in the 2007 and handled it for 3 years. He published more than 2500 articles along with other bloggers and sold the blog to the Affiliate Marketer ‘Zac Johnson” in 2010.
2. He established WPMods.com to focus his writing on all WordPress related stuff. He putted up that blog for sale and now it is merged with wphub.com.
3. Besides, he launched a successful Football forum using vBulletin, many gambling related websites, Affiliate website, WordPress theme store and so on.
Kevin Muldoon’s E-books
Two blogs, BloggingTips.com and WPMods.com had facilitated Kevin to become a blogging expert. “The Art of Freelance blogging”, “The Ultimate Blogging Resource List” and “The Traits and Habits of Successful Bloggers” are the three e-books written by him and you may buy these Kevin’s books through Amazon.
If I continue to speak his valour, this post will never end up! Now, you may read his precise answers for my questions.
Expert’s Tips – Kevin Muldoon from kevinmuldoon.com
1. Online publishers and bloggers believe that the content is the king. Express your wonderful insights on content creation and content marketing in blogging & internet marketing. Name some content marketing tools that you can’t live without.
It was Bill Gates who said that Content is King back in 1996. His prediction was correct. It is content that drives the internet, whether it be blog posts, news stories, forum posts or online videos.
I do not rely on too many tools. I use Photoshop for images, Gmail for email, and Google Docs for taking notes. I also use the FTP client Filezilla to upload files when necessary.
That’s all I need. I don’t feel I need to subscribe to any productivity service to make writing content any easier. If anything, it would complicate my process of producing content.
2. I would like to know your valuable opinion on blogging with WordPress platform. Also, let us know some advanced (paid) WordPress plug-ins that you’re using for your blog.
WordPress is without the doubt the best all-round content management system available online and it has been for several years. It’s the CMS I use to build all of my content websites. That does not, however, mean that it is perfect.
There are a number of areas in which alternative publishing platforms are doing things better.
I disagree that advanced plugins necessarily need to be paid. Some of the best plugins available for WordPress can be downloaded free of charge, such as Akismet, WordPress SEO, Jetpack etc.
One premium plugin I always use is VaultPress. It is my favourite way of backing up my WordPress websites.
WP Rocket is my favourite caching plugin. It’s very easy to use and always speeds up my website loading times.
Another plugin I always install is User Role Editor. It is free to download. The plugin allows me to modify what certain users and user groups can and cannot do. This functionality is essential to me and should really be available in the core version of WordPress.
3. Spell out some of the bloggers that you really admire. In addition, recommend some helpful resources/tools for bloggers and internet marketers.
When I first started blogging around 9 years ago, I followed dozens of blogs actively. I was always reading blogs and leaving comments.
Today, I do not actively follow any blog. Most of the articles I do read tend to be from friends I have made online, such as Brian Jackson (http://brianjackson.io/) and Joe Fylan (http://joecanwrite.com/).
I rely on many Google services to operate online. In addition to Gmail and Google Docs, I check my websites are ok using Google Webmaster Tools and check traffic using Google Analytics.
One service I used to use frequently is Todoist (https://en.todoist.com/), however I stopped using it to manage my schedule.
I truly believe that many bloggers are complicating their workflow by using too many tools and services. This can lead to procrastination. I much prefer to simplify everything and avoid anything that will distract me and take up more of my time.
4. How do you drive traffic to your blog? Which is the best traffic driving strategy to a website? What is your opinion on getting organic traffic? Do you use any tool to perform keyword research?
My blog KevinMuldoon.com is a personable affair. I simply write about the subject that is on my mind. I don’t actively research keywords or trending topics. I write about what interests me and things that I have been working on.
99% of my traffic is organic. It comes from referrals, search engine traffic, recommendations, and return readers. I do get a small amount of traffic from Twitter and Facebook too.
There really is no best traffic driving strategy. There are websites that get huge amounts of traffic from Twitter and very little from search engines. Others are ranked high in search engines but have no social media presence.
Though in the long term, it is important to retain visitors by encouraging them to subscribe to your newsletter. If you have a large targeted email list, you can generate income without the need of Twitter, Facebook, and Google.
5. My last question! How a blogger/internet marketer can make the most out of social media?
Since you’re an internet marketing expert, what is your suggestion for upcoming individuals who wanna make income in this field?
Use social media as a tool, not as a place to hang out. Social media is a great way of connecting with people, finding out about the latest news, and promoting articles you have written. Though I believe many bloggers waste too much time there.
There are bloggers who spend hours on social media every day. This is time that would be better spent researching future blog posts and/or writing blog posts. If social media starts to affect your work schedule, it is best to review how you spend your time. I think the best thing to do is to try and spent at least 70% to 80% of your time writing and preparing content and the rest on promotion.
My number one piece of advice to beginners is to help people. If you can help people and solve problems for them, you will generate traffic and increase income. Do the hard work that other people do not want to, whether it be a list of 100 useful resources or a long case study that is thousands of words long. If you help people and focus on high-quality content, you will be successful.
My sincere thanks to you Kevin for agreeing to give answer for my questions.
Kevin Muldoon is an experienced blogger and internet marketer who has created, handled and sold hundreds of websites since 2000. This amazing WordPress junkie promotes himself, his books, his products and websites through his personal blog, Kevinmuldoon.com and offer support to his clients through his forum “RiseForums.com”.
I’d recommend checking out his personal blog and signing up at his Forum to get the beneficial tips on internet marketing and WordPress. I can foresee that you found this Expert’s tips category post useful and recognized the skills of Kevin Muldoon. You may connect with Kevin on Google Plus to stay up to date with his latest articles.
What is your opinion on this internet marketing authority? Do you already know Kevin Muldoon and his forum? Express your thoughts and experience in the comment section!